Automotive Engineering Technicians
SOC: 17-3027.01


Assist engineers in determining the practicality of proposed product design changes and plan and carry out tests on experimental test devices or equipment for performance, durability, or efficiency.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
48,400 employed

Projected (2024):
49,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Auto Design Checker
  • Automotive Engineering Technician
  • Durability Technician

  • Tasks:

  • Build instrumentation or laboratory test equipment for special purposes.
  • Order new test equipment, supplies, or replacement parts.
  • Set up mechanical, hydraulic, or electric test equipment in accordance with engineering specifications, standards, or test procedures.
  • Recommend tests or testing conditions in accordance with designs, customer requirements, or industry standards to ensure test validity.
  • Monitor computer-controlled test equipment, according to written or verbal instructions.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, schematics, work specifications, drawings, or charts.
  • Maintain test equipment in operational condition by performing routine maintenance or making minor repairs or adjustments as needed.
  • Install equipment, such as instrumentation, test equipment, engines, or aftermarket products, to ensure proper interfaces.
  • Inspect or test parts to determine nature or cause of defects or malfunctions.
  • Document test results, using cameras, spreadsheets, documents, or other tools.
  • Fabricate new or modify existing prototype components or fixtures.
  • Analyze test data for automotive systems, subsystems, or component parts.
  • Recommend product or component design improvements, based on test data or observations.
  • Perform or execute manual or automated tests of automotive system or component performance, efficiency, or durability.
  • Analyze performance of vehicles or components that have been redesigned to increase fuel efficiency, such as camless or dual-clutch engines or alternative types of air-conditioning systems.
  • Improve fuel efficiency by testing vehicles or components that use lighter materials, such as aluminum, magnesium alloy, or plastic.
  • Participate in research or testing of computerized automotive applications, such as telemetrics, intelligent transportation systems, artificial intelligence, or automatic control.
  • Test performance of vehicles that use alternative fuels, such as alcohol blends, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, biodiesel, nano diesel, or alternative power methods, such as solar energy or hydrogen fuel cells.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Calipers
  • Chassis dynamometers
  • Compression testers
  • Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers
  • Crack detection equipment
  • Electronic engine analyzers
  • Engine lathes
  • Environmental chambers
  • Exhaust gas analyzers
  • Flow benches
  • Force gauges
  • Frequency counters
  • Function generators
  • High-vacuum tensile testing chambers
  • Ignition oscilloscopes
  • Leakage testers
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pin gauges
  • Plasma cutters
  • Timing lights
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Vibration testers
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Data acquisition software
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Road simulators
  • SAP software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980